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Who will stand alone?

She carried ribbons, she wore them out
Courage built a bridge, jealous tore it down
At least it's something you've left behind
Like Kohoutek, you were gone

We sat in the garden, we stood on the porch
I won't deny myself, we never talked

She wore bangles, she wore bells
On her toes and she jumped like a fish
Like a flyin' fish, you were gone
Like Kohoutek, can't forget that

Fever built a bridge, reason tore it down
If I am one to follow.. who will stand alone?

Maybe you're not the problem
scissors, paper, stone
If you stand and holler, these prayers will talk

She carried ribbons, she wore them out
Michael built a bridge...Michael tore it down
At least it's something you've left behind
Like Kohoutek, you were gone

Michael built a bridge... Michael tore it down
If I stand and holler... will I stand alone?


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Kohoutec song meanings
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    General CommentKohoutek was a famous comet that was expected to be extremely bright as it passed through but wasn't. And its not going to be back in our lifetimes.

    The song's about a near-miss encounter like that.
    futatoriuson September 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis sone is incredibly beautiful, and is the first love song R.E.M. ever played.
    Jakeberton April 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commentso indecipherable and yet so perfect.
    ralph2869on April 20, 2007   Link
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    General Comment3 stages... I like the part about the monkey.
    vogonjron June 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentMichael built a bridge, Michael tore it down? Self referential?
    SusanBassPlayeron November 25, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI agree, I think this is their most beautiful (and powerful) song and one of the most beautiful in popular music. So there, I said it.

    Loss, regret, desire, just listen to that. You don't have to understand a word of the lyrics to know what the song's about.
    tpksummerson January 25, 2011   Link

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